I fell in love with St. Ives, Cornwall: Let me tell you why

May the sand in your shoes remind you that the beach is your happy place!

A quote I read somewhere in St. Ives

I didn’t like the idea of beaches by a city, so I was contemplating if I wanted to stay in St. Ives or select a different location in Cornwall. The pictures I saw online were not very appealing to me, because –you know, ahem, I came from a tropical country with 7107 islands, some are virgin. Lol!

If you know me well, you’d know that in the past, I’m not for beach bumming. I just think that when you are in the sea, that you should be doing all the water activities you can do! Island hopping, free diving, snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving, etc. What can I say? I’m a mermaid!

This lockdown has made me miss the ocean so much, so when I saw the beaches in St. Ives, I was enthralled that my heart beat so fast I thought I was going to have a heart attack. Yes, I was that excited!

On the first day I landed my feet on St. Ives after an hour journey from when I got lost in Penzance, I fell in love! Let me tell you why.

The houses

There is something about the houses in St Ives that made me feel like I was in a filtered picture. Yes, FILTERED picture. I think it is the uniformity of the roofs and house walls colour. They are all in nudes and pastels!

The Beaches

From my accommodation, beaches are just 2 mins walk and you can view the sea from there. I never thought I would find some turquoise-coloured sea in the UK. The sand here is also very fine, well, not as fine as Boracay’s, but it will do. During the day, the beaches can be filled with people, but since there are a lot of beaches in St. Ives to choose from, you will definitely get a spot. In the afternoon, around 1900, people start going to pubs and restaurants in the city, sometimes, I have a beach for myself. I buy fish and chips in a restaurant in the evening and sit by the beach and read my book with my feet digging in the sand and the lovely echoes of the sea in the background. AHHH… Beach bumming is definitely my new cup of tea!

The alleyways

Am I really in the UK or in Europe? Their alleyways remind me of my trip to Athens and Venice! Of course my picture won’t give any justice again, but if you go there, you will definitely feel the same!

THAT BEACH YOGA WITH THE CUTEST YOGA TEACHER

Yoga by yourself is definitely something, but yoga class is something else too! It was my first time doing yoga with other people and it was a unique experience because of the social interaction with the other yoga students, plus the cutest yoga teacher ever Aimee Hall (click name for her instagram).

The session is £5 and they do it on a rooftop of a restaurant by the sea so you can hear the waves and smell the breeze of fresh air from the ocean while you meditate and concentrate on your yoga poses.

After the session, I talked to Aimee and she told me how she loved Palawan! Her bag that day even says EL NIDO from Palawan, while mine was from CORNWALL! LOL!! How cute was that?!

She even sent me this picture, a modified cow pose that I can practice on my own for better back stretches! I already want to go back attend yoga class again with her!

THAT HOME-MADE CREAM TEA AT OLIVES CAFE

BEFORE YOU EMBARK ON YOUR CREAM TEA JOURNEY, YOU NEED TO KNOW ONE VERY IMPORTANT THING. IN CORNWALL. IT IS JAM FIRST, CREAM ON TOP. DONE ANY OTHER WAY, WELL YOU MIGHT AS WELL BE VISITING DEVON!

www.stivesbythesea.co.uk

This place is quite a gem! It’s a little cafe in one of the corners of St. Ives. It is definitely a place to visit if you want some Cornish cream tea. I went there as my last lunch in St. Ives. I sat outside to enjoy the sun while I finish some blogs.

I was lucky enough meet Harvey, the cat. I took pictures of him and people told me that he is famous in St. Ives! Ha! What a great day! I saw him licking his balls under the sun! HAHAHA!

THE CORNISH PASTY BY THE SEA

Just like the empanada of the Philippines, Cornwall has its own version, the CORNISH PASTY! I swear I could not get enough of it! It’s definitely so much better than our empanada and much healthier because it’s stone baked, instead of deep fried. Visit the Cornish Bakehouse at Wharf Road to try it!

THAT PICTURESQUE VIEW

On my last night in St. Ives, it was as if it was really bidding me a nice goodbye. I cycled on my way to my accommodation, and voila! A picturesque view from this side of St. Ives! I’ve never seen the horizon so beautiful in the UK but here in St. Ives. I might have seen similar pink skies but never a combination of pink skies, beautiful houses, beaches and the waves of blue turquoise sea! Ahhhh… I’m in love! Let me cry on my last night. 😦

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